Vocal attractiveness in Cantonese: A production study

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Abstract

This paper presents a production study investigating the vocal strategies of Cantonese women when addressing an attractive vs. unattractive male. We recruited 19 young female native speakers of Hong Kong Cantonese who completed an attractiveness rating task, followed by a production task where they were presented a subset of the same faces. By comparing the rating results and corresponding acoustic data of the facial stimuli, we found that when young Cantonese women spoke to an attractive male, they were less breathy, lower in pitch, and with denser formants. Participants who were more satisfied with their own height used these vocal strategies more actively. These results are discussed in terms of the body size projection principle. Copyright © 2019 Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019
EditorsSasha CALHOUN, Paola ESCUDERO, Marija TABAIN, Paul WARREN
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
PublisherAustralasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
Pages53-56
ISBN (Print)9780646800691
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Lee, A., & Ng, E. (2019). Vocal attractiveness in Cantonese: A production study. In S. Calhoun, P. Escudero, M. Tabain, & P. Warren (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 (pp. 53-56). Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.

Keywords

  • Cantonese
  • Vocal attractiveness

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